1966 – Print signed by Geoff Hurst & Martin Peters

December 7th, 2010 jeffd No comments

1966 - Print signed by Geoff Hurst & Martin PetersThe historic 1966 World Cup Final win can be remembered with this superb special edition print of Bobby Moore Sir Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters celebrating with the trophy.

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It is personally signed by the goal scorers Sir Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters and details of the image are printed at the bottom.

It measures in at an impressive 50cm by 34cm and was signed at an exclusive signing in 2006.

A great item to celebrate the 1966 World Cup win!
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Apollo 11 and The Moonwalkers Autograph Memorabilia – A Sound Investment

July 10th, 2009 jeffd No comments

Apollo 11 and The Moonwalkers

Autograph Memorabilia – A Sound Investment

Neil Armstrong The First Moon Walker

Neil Armstrong The First Moon Walker

On July 20th 2009 it will be the 40th anniversary of the first man to walk on the moon. Just one small step for Neil Armstrong is a great investment. In the last year whilst the world is in a credit crisis, Apollo 11 material according to the Collect Autographs Catalogue from Stanley Gibbons has increased in value by 26%.

Neil Armstrong himself no longer signs autographs, which makes him very collectable and all of the moon walkers are now in their seventies. So just imagine what the value of Apollo 11 and the other Moon Walkers will be in ten years time on the 50th anniversary of the first moon walk. Now is the time to consider making that investment and enjoy owning a piece of history that will greatly accrue in value over the next ten years.

Remember that Neil Armstrong no longer signs and all the other moon walkers are getting older, so as time goes on these items will become rarer.

Jeff Davis – Autograph Expert

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Signed Memorabilia Michael Jackson

June 26th, 2009 jeffd 59 comments

Signed Memorabilia Michael Jackson


Michael Jackson Early Years

Michael Jackson Early Years

It is a very sad day. I woke this morning to the sad news of the untimely death of Michael Jackson “The Undisputed King of Pop”
What will happen to the value of Michael Jackson signed memorabilia and other artefacts now that he is no longer with us? Well they can only go up in value and in many cases by huge amounts. He can’t sign anymore so what is out there is all that there is of Michael Jackson memorabilia however I am sure if you go to eBay and similar sites you will find over the coming weeks and months that loads of new Michael Jackson signed memorabilia will be appearing. Beware as 80% of autographs on eBay are thought to be FAKE and there will no doubt be loads of opportunists out there trying to make a quick buck.

If you want to own a piece of Michael make sure that you go to a reputable dealer with a good reputation. If they don’t show all their contact details and you buy a fake how will you get your money back? Check the supplier out thoroughly and don’t get caught in a scam.
If your gut feeling is that it is not real then don’t buy it!

Michael Jackson signed Thriller album

Michael Jackson signed Thriller album


Thousands of the public will be very disappointed having bought tickets for his planned tour and now they will be unable to see Michael Jackson in concert. Well, I am sure that they will be able to get their money back from the organisers but maybe the ticket if not returned could be a better long term investment. This all depends on what the organisers do with the returned tickets. If they are shredded then the few that are not sent back could be worth a lot more to a collector than the face value. I know what I would be doing if I had a ticket, sadly though I thought he would never perform the concerts so consequently I did not bother to purchase any.

By the way if you are in the future you are offered a ticket from this tour and it is signed by the man himself, it will definitely be a FAKE autograph. It is sure to happen and someone will buy.

Jeff Davis – Autograph Expert

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Signed Photograph of Albert Einstein fetches £45,750

June 18th, 2009 jeffd No comments

Signed Photograph of Albert Einstein fetches £45,750

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Albert Einstein
A signed photograph of Albert Einstein sticking out his tongue has just been sold at auction for 61,937$ (£45,750) including the buyers fee. The photo is signed in fountain pen with a German Rhyme that translates as “This gesture you will like, Because it is aimed at all of humanity. A civilian can afford to do what no diplomat would dare. Your loyal and grateful listener, A. Einstein ‘53.”

The photo was originally given to Howard K. Smith a US journalist, probably whilst he was chief correspondent for CBS during his stay in the London. It is thought that the picture was taken on Einstein’s 72nd birthday by Arthur Sasse. Arthur Sasse tried to get the Albert Eienstein to smile for the camera however instead he stuck out his tongue.

It is truly a spectacular piece of memorabilia that will no doubt continue to increase in value and will be a sound investment for the investor

Jeff Davis – Autograph Expert

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Autographs Memorabilia

June 10th, 2009 jeffd No comments

Autographs Memorabilia – A Guide On What To Look Out For

A guide to things to look out for with autographs memorabilia. The truly only way to be sure that you have an authentic autographs memorabilia are by obtaining the signed memorabilia in person. This obviously is not always practical especially if the autographs that you would like are from deceased personalities.

So what do you look out for? All autographs have their own character to them, whether they lean forwards, backwards have particular breaks in the signature. Mostly the signatures will be of a similar size however this also depends on the size of the article that is being autographed.

Try to buy from reliable and well established source. This may mean that you pay more for the piece however at least you can then be sure that it is genuine.

When you obtain an authentic signature a good idea is to photocopy it for future reference as this will enable you to compare like for like memorabilia when looking to add to your collection.

Autographs that were signed prior to 1960 are mostly ball pen, pencil or fountain pen. Signatures using felt tip pens are normally found from the sixties onwards. Ball pen signatures are more prone to fading if not looked after. In fact I have in my collection a Ringo Starr ball pen signature on the Please Please Me album cover, acquired when I was a wee nipper, which is now barely visible making it worthless. At the time I did not appreciate what I had and that it required looking after.

Laurel and HardyBeing aware of what the personalities used to sign with by doing some research can prove to be really worthwhile. A prime example of this is Laurel and Hardy. Oliver Hardy never signed with a ball point prior to 1947 when he acquired his first ball point and Stan only ever used a Fountain Pen. See the full article at The Laurel and Hardy Magazine on a Laurel & Hardy signed photograph that was on sale at the N.E.C Birmingham Memorabilia Exibition
Autographs that are signed in pen or ink usually have a sheen were as printed signatures do not also printed signatures can appear to be under the surface.

This one is a tough scenario to deal with, when faced with a historic fountain pen signature that has had many years to dry. If it was to smudge by rubbing slightly with a damp cotton bud then the likelihood is that it is not the genuine article. Got to be brave to test historic autographs in this way and I would highly recommend getting an expert to do this form of testing.

If your gut feeling is that it is not real then don’t buy it!
Jeff Davis – Autograph Expert

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Signed Memorabilia – What Areas to Invest In

June 2nd, 2009 jeffd No comments

Signed Memorabilia – What Areas to Invest In

As I have stated in previous articles, present day sports and entertainment memorabilia is not the best place to put your hard earned money due to the large amount of forgeries in the market place. Also what is in vogue today, may not be tomorrow. A prime example of this is “The Spice Girls” who only a few years ago commanded a high figure for signed photos, however as they are no longer together as a group, they are no longer in demand and the market value for Spice Girl Memorabilia has dropped in a big way.

The best area in my opinion to invest in is historical memorabilia, where forgeries are less, however there are still plenty of forged signatures in this area, so please look to buy signed memorabilia from recognised experts in the field. Do not be fooled by a Certificate of Authentification (COA), as with desktop publishing anyone can produce one. They might look great, but are often not worth the paper that they are printed on. Definitely you should steer well clear of Ebay, as it is considered that around 80% of signed memorabilia on Ebay are forgeries.

Signed Memorabilia Fidel Castro

Signed Memorabilia Fidel Castro

There are some great areas to invest in such as Aviators, Aristocracy, Royalty, Politicians, Authors, Scientists and Space Exploration. When you invest in Signed Memorabilia, you get a great feeling holding a piece of history in your hand and at the same time your investment is likely to increase conservatively between 20% and 80% per annum and in some cases by much more. I get great joy in showing visitors to my home, some of my valuable collection and have in many cases been asked to purchase pieces for them so that they may also get enjoyment from a sound investment.
Some of my particular favourites are Queen Elizabeth II (beware of Autopens), Queen Victoria, Princess Diana, Winston Churchill, Amelia Earhart, Orville Wright, Charles Dickens and Fidel Castro to name just a few.

Now is a great time to start a collection and to get an idea of how Signed Memorabilia is a great place to invest, take a look at Fraser’s website, they are part of Stanley Gibbons and are one of the leading autograph memorabilia companies in the UK. They list the current top 30 over the last 12 months of Signed Memorabilia.

Fraser’s Top 100 can be seen at Stanley Gibbons where they show the percentage growth made between 1997 and 2008. It also shows the diverse areas that are popular in collecting signed memorabilia.

Jeff Davis – Autograph Expert

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Signed Memorabilia and The Autopen

May 26th, 2009 jeffd No comments

Signed Memorabilia and The Autopen

A huge issue with signed memorabilia are forgeries and autopens. An autopen is used by royalty, politicians, astronauts and some celebrities to take the hassle out of signing memorabilia when applied for by post or email or for signing many official documents.

The first autopen was developed by John Isaac Hawkins in 1803 and was used by Thomas Jefferson, the third US President from 1804. The present day autopen bears no resemblance to the early autopen which was at the time known as a polygraph. Harry Trueman is believed to be the first US President to have used an autopen to respond to mail and sign cheques. Queen Elizabeth started using the autopen as early as 1959.
Autopen Machine
The autopen used by President Trueman could be set up to use 8 pens at a time for signing documents or photos. Now the autopen is automated using a Sharpie pen or a coloured marker, the photos to be signed are automatically fed through the autopen machine making life very easy for the celebrity to sign many thousands of photos. The majority of today’s celebrities do sign personally for their fans as the cost of the autopen is very restrictive. The big give away of an autopen is if the signed memorabilia is identical to another, as no two signatures will be exact alike and in exactly the same place. If you are requesting a signed photo from a celebrity and doubt the authenticity of the signature, apply for another and do a comparison, if they are identical and in the same place on the photograph then the likelihood is that it is an autopen. Another sign to look for is if the signature is the same thickness from start to finish. Normally a signature will be thinner at the start and at the end of a signature. An autopen is placed and lifted directly from the media at the end of the signature causing it to be the same thickness throughout.

A good library guide to autopens can be found at www.isitreal.com If you are concerened about a piece of signed memorabilia that you have or maybe purchasing then I can highly recommend visiting istreal.

If your gut feeling is that it is not real then don’t buy it!
Jeff Davis – Autograph Expert

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Signed Memorabilia

May 19th, 2009 jeffd 1 comment

Signed Memorabilia


Collecting signed memorabilia can be a very rewarding experience both financially and personally. Do you have a favourite point of interest? What ever your interest is, there is likely to be signed memorabilia in that area. If you are new to collecting signed memorabilia, then you should be aware that there are thousands of forgeries out there and many are only detected by the trained eye. If the article is cheap and appears to be too good to be true, then it almost definitely is a forgery.





Autograph memorabilia is a superb alternative investment as at present signed memorabilia grows in value annually at between 20% – 80%, so investing too cheaply could work out to be costly. By spending a little bit more on something desirable you will get enjoyment from the piece and when you come to sell it you will be turning scribble into serious cash.

Signed Photo of Emilia Earhart

Signed Photo of Emilia Earhart


Obviously the most collected area of signed memorabilia is the sports industry as many sports are followed heavily and sports stars are always signing memorabilia. This area is like a mine field for collectors, as present day sportsman’s signatures are so often forged. It is estimated that 80% of signed memorabilia on ebay and across many websites are forgeries. If you are looking to collect sports memorabilia, do some research on what you are buying and I would highly recommend using experts in the field of memorabilia to take advice or purchase from. This tip I would in fact use for any form of autograph memorabilia.

Other popular areas to collect in are Authors, Royalty, Politicians, Entertainment, Aviation, the Moon Walkers and Astronauts. My first piece that I ever bought was the Moon Walker Jim Irwin. It was proudly displayed in my house and many a person has commented on it. Some have even started their own collections having seen the enjoyment that can be gained whilst the piece increases in value.

Aristocracy and politicians signatures have been forged for over 200 years. Some of these forgeries were by secretaries, however many were forged for fraudulent gain in the 19th Century. Don’t think just because they are old they are original, it is always best to take some advice before parting with your money.

From the middle of the 20th Century, autograph collecting took off and unscrupulous dealers have ripped off the public. Unfortunately many people think they have something of value, when in fact they may have a worthless piece of paper with some ink on it. I cannot emphasise enough that you should be dealing with autograph experts when investing your money in signed memorabilia. Forgeries come in many forms including shaky, hand written forgeries, secretarial copies when the personality employs staff to sign photos for their fans, autopens used often by royalty, politicians and astronauts. Rubber stamps used to recreate signatures is common in the music and entertainment industry. In fact Abraham Lincoln used a rubber stamp for his signature.

Despite all the pitfalls, if you buy sensibly and seek advice you can do really well by investing in signed memorabilia.

Moshe Dyan Signed Memorabilia

Moshe Dyan Signed Memorabilia

If your gut feeling is that it is not real then don’t buy it!
Jeff Davis – Autograph Expert

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Birthday Card From Princess Diana

May 14th, 2009 jeffd No comments

Birthday Card From Princess Diana

The risque birthday card covered with pictures of condoms which was sent by Princess Diana to her chef, Mervyn Wycherley (see previous post) looks to have sold for a total cost of $3944 including the auctions buyers premium which at todays rate is £2600. This is a 100% increase in just 6 months showing that autograph memorabilia is bucking the trend in the present financial climate.

Jeff Davis – Autograph Expert

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How Buoyant is Autograph Memorabilia

May 12th, 2009 jeffd No comments

How Buoyant is Autograph Memorabilia

I want to start by showing you how well Autograph Memorabilia is doing at present. Last September a risque birthday card covered with pictures of condoms which was sent by Princess Diana to her chef, Mervyn Wycherley, reached £1,300 after a battle between buyers on the telephone, internet and in person. The same birthday card is up for auction at the moment and its current bid stands at $2988 which at today’s rate is £1974.10 an increase of over 50% in 6 months and there are still 2 days to go before the auction ends. I know that this is an extreme example however buying carefully your money can definitely be invested wisely.
Jeff Davis

 

Birthday Message from Princess Diana

Birthday Message from Princess Diana

Jeff Davis – Autograph Expert

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